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An Evolving World: Science Writer Michael Lemonick and Composer Sam Guarnaccia in Conversation
November 27, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pmfree but firstname.lastname@example.org
The D&R Greenway Land Trust invites the public to “An Evolving World,” on Tuesday, November 27. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The program will take place from 7 until 8:30 p.m.
Composer Sam Guarnaccia and science writer Michael Lemonick will discuss the human impact upon our evolving world, with particular emphasis upon the environment. In addition to this lively dialogue, The “Evolving World” audience will be treated to a video of Guarnaccia’s “Emergent Universe Oratorio.”
Sam Guarnaccia is celebrated for his moving Emergent Universe Oratorio. In the summer of 2018, D&R Greenway arranged a post-performance reception at Villanova University for this work. Choirs of both Villanova and Guarnaccia’s own Middlebury College were featured. The oratorio explores eternity, infinity and the interconnectedness of all life. Emergent Universe begins at the “beginning of everything — the Big Bang,” Guarnaccia reveals. “Or, as Guarnaccia terms that process, ‘the Great Flaring Forth.’”
Michael Lemonick, opinion editor at Scientific American, was also senior staff writer at Climate Central. A former senior science writer at Time Magazine, he has more than fifty cover stories to his credit. His work has also graced Discover, Yale Environment 360 and Scientific American. Lemonick’s books on science and astrophysics include “The Georgian Star; Echo of the Big Bang”, “Other Worlds: The Search for Life in the Universe”, and “Mirror Earth: The Search for Our Planet’s Twin.” Michael’s favorite pastime other than writing about science is playing traditional folk music.
Guarnaccia has crafted his composition to remind us “that we are irrevocably, interconnected with each other, with all life systems. This is the greatest story there is.”
The D&R Greenway has paired the composer with the scientific writer, Guarnaccia explains, because “a satisfyingly scientific superstructure supports the piece’s spirituality. Its ‘godfather’ is Pierre Teilhard de Chardin.” Guarnaccia is quite clear on the significance of science to his own work. “I’m not talking about something magical,” the composer says. “It is the science of this story that links everyone on the planet.”